BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 19: Actor Sidney Poitier attends the Brigitte and Bobby Sherman Children's Foundation's 6th Annual Christmas Gala and Fundraiser at Montage Beverly Hills on December 19, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for The Brigitte and Bobby Sherman Children's Foundation)

Actor and director Sidney Poitier will receive the topmost honors bestowed upon by theBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts to one person, its fellowship.

With almost 70 years in film and television, Poitier earned acclaim at the Oscars, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, NAACP Awards, and British Academy Film Awards among others. His acting abilities dominated, claiming star roles never portrayed by African Americans before, ultimately becoming the first of his race to take home the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1964.

CLICK HERE to read story


Also On Praise Cleveland:
Kierra Sheard Shares Engagement Photos
5 photos